Friday, January 16, 2015
DAY 1: MORNING
LOUISVILLE TO GUATEMALA CITY
Reflection: Traveling can be exciting, but it can also be tedious! Up and on the road before daybreak, shuffling stuff into and out of the vehicle and into the airport gets the juices going, but passing through security and customs at airports can make you feel anxious and vulnerable: “Will we be on time?” “Am I being profiled?” “What will happen to my pants when I take off my belt?” “What is to keep me from getting some sort of fungus when I have to remove my shoes?” “Is everything OK with my carryon?” “Will our checked bags make it OK?”
Remembering that God has promised, “Fear not, I will be with you” can be a great comfort in unfamiliar circumstances. If you find yourself feeling anxious during the trip, try using these words silently as a breath prayer: (Breathing in) “’Fear not,’ says the Lord.” (Breathing out) “I will be with you.”
WORD: Isaiah 48:6b
From this time forward I will make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.
SHARE: Scripture teaches that God is “Omnipresent”- there is no place, no situation, no circumstance in which God cannot be present. What strategies can you share that will help you all be alert to the “hidden things” God wants you to know?
PRAYER: Pray that during all the exigencies of travel, your hearts and minds will be open to the hidden things God will show you today.
DAY 1: EVENING
HOSTAL LOS LAGOS / DINNER WITH CLAUDIA
Reflection: Much of what the gospels tell us about Jesus happens at meals. In fact, his enemies who have been watching accused him of being a “party animal” - eating and drinking too much, and especially with the wrong crowd!
As the Bible stories make clear, mealtime is not just about food.
The Bedouin tribes of the Middle East have a saying: “Show me how they eat, and I will tell you who they are.” In many cultures what is said and done at the table may be far more important than what is eaten.
If not already, you will experience much at table fellowship with one another and with your hosts on this trip. Our Guatemalan hosts will go out of their way to serve us food that they cannot afford to put on their own table on a regular basis. They may be watching you eat to find out who you really are!
WORD: Luke 7:33-35a
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
SHARE: People will be watching as you eat. What do you want them to think of your Norte Americano culture? Of you, as Christians? Of you, as an individual?
PRAYER: Take turns completing this prayer: “Lord, at meals help me to show _____.”